Happiness

Find out everything there is to know about happiness and stay updated on the latest news with comprehensive articles, interactive features and pictures related to happiness at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these exhilarating emotion as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about happiness.
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Why Smiling Too Much May Be Bad for You
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August 6th, 2014
Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
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Embarrassed? Amused? Humans Share Dozens of Expressions
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June 26th, 2014
Human beings may have dozens of universal emotions that are recognized across cultures, new research suggests.
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Top US Cities for Well-Being Revealed
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March 25th, 2014
Out of nearly 200 U.S. metro areas, Provo-Orem, Utah, is the country's top community for well-being, according to the results of a Gallup-Healthways survey conducted in 2012 and 2013.
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Happiness Equation Reveals Key to Cheery Life
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August 5th, 2014
By studying how people respond to recent events in their lives, researchers have developed a mathematical formula that can predict individuals' happiness.
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Why We Shop 'Til We Drop (and Still Aren't Happy)
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April 2nd, 2014
People know that spending money on experiences will make them happier than buying things. But they still buy stuff, and new research suggests it's because they're focused on the mistaken idea that material goods have more monetary value.
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People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy
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February 24th, 2014
A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.
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Is There a Happiness Gene?
July 18th, 2014
A new study found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance is from Denmark, the lower its reported wellbeing is.
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Where Does Your City Rank for Well-Being? (List)
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March 25th, 2014
A new Gallup-Healthways survey ranks nearly 200 U.S. metro areas by their level of well-being in 2012 and 2013.
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Why Happiness Scares Us
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March 20th, 2014
Contrary to popular Western opinion, happiness is not an unmitigated good. Many cultures see happiness and joy as something to be avoided, recent research finds.
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